But we like electricity — a lot — so we take extra steps to ensure our circuits are safe and reliable.
Follow these 10 industry-insider points to create your own dependable, well-protected circuits.
Replacing all the wiring in a house is a much more expensive proposition than replacing the service.
Your problem probably relates to the wiring, not the service.
Protection, Please For the most part, fuses and circuit breakers are there to protect your wires, not your equipment.
A short circuit can expose a wire to hundreds of times more current than the wire can handle — instantly melting the insulation and starting a fire.
That will prevent short circuits and overloads, big or small, from exposing a wire to too much current.
Simply put, a fuse is a short length of wire or metal designed to melt and separate in the event of excessive current.
This panel may be a fuse panel or a circuit breaker panel.
These panels have certainly changed over the years.
The vibration, pounding, salty air, engine-space heat, exposure to chemicals and other rigors of the marine environment put a lot of pressure on the wires that are the central nervous system of any modern boat.